Black Swamp Players' Radio Hour Cast
Lane Hakel (Sherlock Holmes)
Lane is an active member of Northwest Ohio’s community theatresphere. Over the past 20 years he has appeared in a variety of supporting and leading roles here in the Swamp and in Toledo, particularly with the Toledo Rep. He is the immediate past president of the Black Swamp Players and is beyond excited to be a part of BSP’s first production as owners of our own theater. The 52-year long dream is being realized and we need our community’s help even more now than in the past. You’ve already done a lot by purchasing tickets to tonight’s radio show, but please consider a further donation directly to our theater. We are currently trying to match an incredibly generous gift of $100,000 and no gift is too small to help. (Or too large come to think of it…) Donations can most easily be made at www.blackswampplayers.org. Lane is thankful for all the gifts, from 1968 on, that have brought us to this place. He hopes you enjoy the show.
Lydia DiDio Schafer (Irene Adler)
Originally from Brazil, Lydia was an Assistant Professor of Pathology at MCO (UTMC), retired and began performing in various capacities. Stage work began in 2011 as Vera Charles in FLO's Mame and has since performed regularly in major roles at The Toledo Rep, Waterville Playshop, Village Players, 3B Productions and The Croswell Opera House. Lydia does local commercials, has narrated an audiobook and has added featured roles in a few indie films to her resume. She also sings locally with Backyard Muriel.
Anderson Lee (Dr. Watson)
Anderson is excited to return to the BSP stage following a six-year hiatus. Past appearances include roles in The Unexpected Guest, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, The Psychic, Barefoot in the Park, Jane Eyre, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, and Cards on the Table among others. Anderson has previously served on the BSP Board of Trustees and is the grandson of Dr. Lowell Randall, one of the group’s founding members. Outside of the theater he works as a supply clerk for Wood County Hospital and spends his free time creating artwork, writing, and stargazing through his telescopes. He wishes to express his thanks to the many people who have asked him “When are you going to be in another play?” for their encouragement over the past several years.
Phillip Wylykanowtiz (The King)
Since Phil's 2017 immersion into the community theatre world he has played Von Hussler in "Mary Poppins" (2017), Simeon in "Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat" (2018), and Lt. Rooney in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (2018), at the Fremont Community Theatre. Phil's preferred part to play is backstage of whatever production his wife and kids are involved in. But Phil is looking forward to playing the "King" in the Black Swamp Players production of "The BSP Radio Hour". Amy and Phil husband and wife. He brought football to the marriage, and she brought the stage.
Amy Wylykanowitz (Mrs. Hudson and the Maid)
Amy is a member of the Fremont Community Theater always looking to make more friends in the NW Ohio Community Theatre scene. The last time she was on stage she portrayed "Marmie" in the Bellevue Society for the Arts production of "Little Women" (2019). This is Amy's second collaboration with Black Swamp Players. Her first being "A Virtual Christmas Carol" (2020) in which she directed. Amy is excited to be in "The BSP Radio Hour" as Mrs. Hudson/Sadler Maid and to be *in* the same space as her BSP castmates.
Iman Thambi (Announcer)
Iman is excited to be back on stage after a long hiatus. She is a long-standing lover of both music and theatre and was most recently seen as Martha in Cutting Edge Theatre Company’s production of Spring Awakening. She has also been in many productions at Fort Findlay Playhouse and Findlay Light Opera Company over the past several years. Iman is originally from Nashville, Tennessee but has called Findlay home for nearly three years. She would like to thank her boyfriend Ben, her parents, and all of the friends she has made here for their steadfast support.
Annelise Clifton (Famous Actress)
Annelise is a recent transplant to NW Ohio, hailing from Louisiana. Since arriving in the Toledo area in the summer of 2019, Annelise has quickly found a home in Toledo’s welcoming world of community theatre. Annelise was most recently seen in the role of Corryn in Gidion’s Knot, TBD Productions inaugural show. Additionally, Annelise has played Woman in Chair in Black Swamp Players’ production of The Drowsy Chaperone, Morticia in Waterville Playshop’s production of The Addams Family and been featured in Broadway Inspirations: Lessons for Living in a Covid-19 World, a virtual cabaret. Other selected theatre credits include To Kill A Mockingbird (Miss Maudie), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Crachit) and Sister Act (Ensemble).
Melissa Kershaw (Earnest Young Women)
Melissa is excited to be performing again after a Covid hiatus. The last production she was in was BSP’s The Drowsy Chaperone, where she got to play another silly, gullible character (Kitty). Melissa has a degree in musical theatre performance and has been performing in musicals for 17 years. She wants to thank Inge and BSP for this opportunity to safely start doing theatre again. She also wants to thank her amazing husband and 4 kids for their willingness to let her have this fun outlet.
Bob Walters (Foley Man)
Bob is a Graduate of BGHS and will be attending Ohio University this fall studying Technical Theater in the Honors Tutorial College. Bob has worked with Black Swamp Players many times over the years both on stage and as a member of the crew. He has also been an active member of Horizon Youth Theater for many years as an Actor, Crew Member, Board Member, and Technical Director.